Switzerland trip. Zürich Airport to Grindelwald (Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg, First, Grösse-Scheidegg, Männlichen, Wilderswil, Schynige Platte) & then Grindelwald back to Zurich Airport

This July we will travel in Switzerland as bellow:Day 1. Travel from Zürich Airport to Grindelwald St.Day 2.We will travel by train from Grindelwald St. – Kleine-Scheidegg – Jungfraujoch. And return.Day 3.We will travel by train from Grindelwald St. – First – Grösse-Scheidegg. We will return to Grindelwald St.Day 4.We will travel by train from Grindelwald St. – Männlichen – Kleine-Scheidegg – (Wengen- Wilderswill) – Schynige Platte. Then return to Grindelwald St.Day 5.Travel from Grindelwald St. - Zürich Airport.Please advise which train tickets are more reasonable regarding price? Which train tickets combination is best, that cover our trip from Zürich airport, too?Thank you in advance.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 12, 2018 18:15
    Hi Yako-chan,

    For the requested itinerary, your best option would be to purchase the 'Swiss Transfer Ticket' in combination with the 'Jungfrau Travel Pass-Top of Europe'.

    The 'Swiss Transfer Ticket' covers the ticket costs for one trip from any Swiss airport (or border station) to any single destination in Switzerland and then another trip from that destination to any Swiss airport (or border station). Therefore, it would be valid to cover you from the Zurich Airport to Grindelwald and then Grindelwald back to Zurich Airport.

    The 'Jungfrau Travel Pass-Top of Europe' covers everything you mentioned once you're in Grindelwald.

    For the 'Swiss Transfer Ticket', you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/swiss-transfer-ticket-5935

    For the 'Jungfrau Travel Pass-Top of Europe', you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfrau-travel-pass-8309

    Zurich Airport-Grindelwald

    The fastest/most feasible connections from the Zurich Airport to Grindelwald take just under 3 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Bern and then once in Interlaken.

    If you don't mind adding about one hour to your trip time for either your outbound or return, you can take a different route that involves following a segment of the famed GoldenPass scenic route for part of the way. This option takes just under 4 hours in duration and involves 2 train changes along the way; once in Lucerne and then once in Interlaken.

    The 'Swiss Transfer Ticket' is valid for you to travel either of these routes between the Zurich Airport and Grindelwald. I'd recommend taking one route for your outbound and the other for your return.

    Reservations are not necessary on any of these trains, so the Swiss Transfer Ticket is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for these trains.

    For the option via Bern, you can just break up your search accordingly in Bern. Therefore, you would do one search from 'Zurich Airport' to 'Bern' and another search from 'Bern' to 'Grindelwald'.

    To view schedules for the option via Lucerne and the GoldenPass, you would have to piece together the connection by doing a separate search for each segment. Therefore, you would do one search from 'Zurich Airport' to 'Lucerne', another search for connecting trains from 'Lucerne' to 'Interlaken', and another search for connecting trains from 'Interlaken' to 'Grindelwald'.

    Lucerne to Interlaken is the segment that follows the GoldenPass scenic route. Trains from Interlaken to Grindelwald run along the 'Bernese Oberland Railway'.

    Grindelwald-Jungfraujoch

    For your travel from Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch, you would use the 'Jungfrau Travel Pass-Top of Europe'. This will cover you on the 'Wengernalp Railway' from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg and the 'Jungfrau Railway' from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch.

    On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfrau Travel Pass-Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Wengen.

    The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

    At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.

    Grindelwald-First & Grindelwald-Grosse Scheidegg

    For the Firstbahn and the Grindelwald-Grosse Scheidegg bus (Bussalp), you would use the 'Jungfrau Travel Pass-Top of Europe'.

    The Firstbahn departs from its base station in the nearby village of Grindelwald. The ascent consists of a cable car from the base station to Bort, another cable car from Bort to Schreckfeld, and then another cable car from Schreckfeld to the summit station of First. Once you’ve ascended to the First summit station, you would have access to the 'First Cliff Walk (by Tissot)', a 131 ft long suspension bridge leading to an observation platform that offers spectacular panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains.

    Grindelwald-Männlichen-Kleine Scheidegg-Wengen-Wilderswil-Schynige Platte

    The 'Jungfrau Travel Pass-Top of Europe' is valid for you to use on the gondola from Grindelwald to Männlichen and also the cable car from Männlichen to Wengen.

    From Wengen, you can take the 'Wengernalp Railway' to Kleine Scheidegg. From Kleine Scheidegg, you would take the 'Wengernalp Railway' to Grindelwald, where you would switch to the 'Bernese Oberland Railway' to Wilderswil. In Wilderswil, you switch to the nostalgic ‘Schynige Platte Railway’ to the Schynige Platte station. The 'Jungfrau Travel Pass-Top of Europe' is valid to cover you on all these trips.
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    • Thanks Jeff!
      In my second part, I was just confirming that - in lieu of purchasing a 2 country pass, we could pay per train ride if we felt it made more sense financially. And if we did it that way, I assume we'd could also purchase a trip, say from Zurich to Lucerne, and use it at any time since reservations are not available. My guess is once I start doing the math that it will make the most sense to just get the 2 country pass.

      Thanks!
    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 20, 2018 17:41
      It always an option to purchase regular tickets, but the 2 country Eurail Select Pass would be your most economical option for this particular itinerary.
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    Thank you Jeff for your professional answer. This is all I wanted to know, and you explained it with details.
    Look forward to a wonderful vacation in Switzerland.
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